Consider your ideal vacation: Not a lot sounds better than a few days tucked away at a luxurious private villa. Perhaps a weekend at Francis Ford Coppola's historic Italian palazzo? Or a quick trip to Elizabeth Taylor's Mexican hideaway? Once out of the question for those not acquainted with the rich and famous, today many of the world's most historic (and luxurious) homes have opened their doors to guests.
Take, as one example, The Siam in Bankok. The property has been with the Sukosol family since the early '70s, but Connie's Cottage, a suite available to guests who want some potent historic pedigree with their stay, is a century old. The structure itself was floated to it's current location by boat along the Chao Praya River—a whim of Thai socialite Connie Mangskau.
For a state-side stay, there's always Rhode Island's The Chanler at Cliff Walk, which was built in 1865 as a summer abode for a New York congressman. The some 20 rooms have played host to Teddy Roosevelt and World War II naval officers, before falling into disrepair in the midcentury. Since 2003, it's been a luxury boutique hotel with the fireplaces and heart-stuttering views befitting its history.
Read on for 11 of the best private residences where you can now rest your head. You're going to feel right at home.